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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for April 21, 2004 - 7:00pm

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - April 21, 2004

We will be starting a series to investigate nationalism, the right of nations to self determination and the creation of nation states through the struggle of the Kurdish people.

The Kurdish left is going through the discussions of nationalism, nation building and the true meaning of liberation from the left perspective. Class rule, tribal structure or feudal relationships can not provide the true liberation Kurdish people are expecting from the newly forming Kurdish autonomous body.

Recent events unfurl as accusations of being imperialist puppets or being traitors to the people of the region mount on the Kurdish people. Having been against all imperialist forces in the past, the Kurdish left is discussing all sides of the equation.

We start this series today with an interview with Mr. Akif Bozat, the representative of the Kurdish National Congress (KNK) in Britain, conducted by Mehmet Bayram of the Middle East Radio Project.

We also have an interview with Jehane Noujaim, who is the Egyptian-American director of a new documentary film called "The Control Room". This film, which will be released in June, documents the way the war news is presented by Al Jazeera, the Arab news station and the US military command. Audio from the film where the US Press Officer and the Al Jazeera senior producer give their accounts of events is also presented in this segment. Mehmet Bayram and Steve Zeltzer of the Middle East Radio Project conducted this interview.

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